Anna Rose Bain
Anna Rose Bain (b. 1985) is a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist based in Colorado. Her paintings often depict people in peaceful settings or places that evoke happiness. She especially loves painting women and children, and seeks to convey all of her subjects with honesty and
Anna Rose Bain (b. 1985) is a fine art oil painter and commissioned portrait artist based in Colorado. Her paintings often depict people in peaceful settings or places that evoke happiness. She especially loves painting women and children, and seeks to convey all of her subjects with honesty and sensitivity.
Anna was self taught until college. Inspired by her grandfather, who started painting at the age of 70, Anna spent her free time as a child sketching from nature and poring over art books. She studied fine art at Hillsdale College, and during her junior year she took a figure painting course at the Florence Academy of Art. She graduated from Hillsdale with honors in 2007, and distinguished herself as the first student in the school’s 150+-year history to have a solo senior show.
Anna now resides in Arvada, CO with her husband Steve and their two children. She paints for galleries and national exhibitions, and is highly sought after as a commissioned portrait artist. She also teaches workshops, makes instructional videos, and is actively involved in the local arts communities. Anna is a Signature member of the Oil Painters of America and an Out of State Artist member of the California Art Club. She is also a member of Plein Air Artists of Colorado, and is a Signature faculty member of the Portrait Society of America. Her award-winning work can be found in numerous private and public collections around the world.
“My work combines both classical and direct painting methods, which often causes the subject to become somewhat idealized while preserving its mystery and essence. I especially love painting the human figure and any subject where various art forms—such as dance and music—can overlap. When I became I mother, I found my true voice in creating self portraits and paintings of my children. My work intimately conveys the joys and struggles of my life.
“As a young artist I was obsessed with mastering technique and spent countless hours perfecting skin tones or drawing the figure. Now, my focus has shifted to design by means of light and shadow, perspective, shape, and color. My current work still draws largely upon my day to day experiences and the people in my life, but I paint whatever baits my curiosity, whether that be the cloud shadows on a hillside, the fleeting blossoms of springtime, or the soft, buttery skin of infant hands and feet.”